if the Saints would pass on home town once in a lifetime type of player in Leonard Fournette I would DIE!! Mark Ingram hasn't shown to be all that great. We will likely have a new young QB in a few years and a BEAST back would do him wonders. Hell he may help Brees last a little longer in that he won't have to pass 100 times a game. Delvin Breaux, PJ Williams, DeVante Harris, Ken Crawley, Damian Swann, and Kyle Wilson will be plenty enough depth at corner. The 2 UDFA corners have played good considering they are undrafted. I think PJ was gonna have a good year before the devastating concussion. We are missing Sheldon Rankins right now and our top 3 corners. This D isn't as bad as most think, but the devastating injuries to all our corners have killed us, which would happen to every team out there. Plus I'm scared of Bama corners BIG TIME!! They seem to bust or take forever to produce!!
Yeah the Patriots are just clamoring for an interior offensive lineman. After all they have Thuney and Mason as starters at guard with Jonathan Cooper and Ted Karras as back-ups and have a very good center in David Andrews. What the Patriots need is an offensive tackle because Sebastian Vollmer ain't getting any younger and hasn't really been fully healthy the last two seasons. If there's a great prospect at OT at the end of the first round the Patriots should take him. You're out of your tree if you think the Patriot's greatest need is an interior offensive lineman.
Yet again, I will follow Walt's lead for this draft order outside the fact that the Bears land the top pick over the 49ers or Browns, I have more faith in Cutler running into wins before I do with Kessler or Gabbert. Also, there are still some players not in the system such as the Illini DEs, Justin Evans and Malik Hooker at safety. Until they are in I will mock without them.
Cavaliers Re-Sign Anderson Varejao; Sign Anthony Parker
Without downplaying his importance to the Cavs, let me just say this; $50 million over six years is A LOT of money to pay to a guy who has never averaged more than nine points per game during his five-year NBA career. But the Cavs were handcuffed in a way considering if they didn't pony up the money to bring Anderson Varejao back, there were little options for them on the free agent market to find a suitable replacement. (Note: Reportedly, only $42.5 million is guaranteed but the total could reach $50 million if incentives are met.)
Varejao is one of those guys who does all the little things; plays hard on the defensive end, isn't afraid to dive on the floor for a loose ball, crashes the boards, and sets picks for his teammates without needing to chuck up an 18-footer just to feel as if he is involved on offense. Cleveland had to re-sign him to fill their need for a starting power forward to pair alongside Shaq rather than try to satisfy that role by offering up their mid-level exception to a temporary fill-in. Since the Cavs are putting all their eggs in the basket this year, winning now is a must; and Varejao increases the chances of bringing home an NBA title despite his hefty cost.
With Shaq, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Varejao all under contract for next season, Cleveland now has some $40 million tied up into three post players; two of which are clearly on the downside of their careers. Yes, the Emperor and Big Z are free agents after the season which will free up about three-fourths of that amount, but still, that's a lot of money to spend and still not have the best frontcourt in basketball. But I'll say it again, if you're the Cavs and you risk losing LeBron James if a championship isn't won this year, you roll the dice.
Varejao wasn't the only move the Cavs made on Wednesday. Cleveland is also close to adding a much-needed shooter in Raptors free agent guard Anthony Parker. Terms of the deal have yet to be determined, but it is a reported two- or three-year deal that will net Parker a good part of Cleveland's mid-level exception.
Parker will serve as an upgrade from the departed Sasha Pavlovic who was dealt to the Suns in the Shaq trade. The former Raptor started all but 10 games in his past three seasons in Toronto and could potentially replace Delonte West as the Cavs' starting two guard. More than likely, Parker will be used as a three-point specialist to come off the bench and provide King James with an effective deep threat. This type of signing was a must as Cleveland had little depth on the wing since they traded Pavlovic, and Wally Szczerbiak is a free agent.